John Mayberry, Jr.
|John Mayberry, Jr.|
Mayberry in 2011 with the Phillies
|Philadelphia Phillies – No. 15|
|Born: December 21, 1983 |
Kansas City, Missouri
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 23, 2009 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Career statistics |
|Runs batted in||148|
|Competitor for United States|
|World University Championship|
John Claiborn Mayberry, Jr. (born December 21, 1983) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is the son of former major leaguer John Mayberry, Sr., and as such grew up playing baseball. He attended high school in Kansas City, playing both baseball and basketball; he was suited for basketball with his 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) stature and 234 pounds (106 kg) weight. Ultimately, however, baseball was his first love, and in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, the Seattle Mariners drafted him out of high school (28th overall), however he chose not to sign, instead attending Stanford, where he played three years before being drafted, played for the United States national baseball team at the World University Baseball Championship in 2004. Subsequently, the Texas Rangers selected him in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft (19th overall).
Mayberry ascended through the Rangers' minor league system, ultimately reaching Triple-A (AAA) level, by which point he was considered a legitimate major league prospect. In 2007, he began to amass strong power numbers in the minor leagues, and on November 20, 2008, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired him in a "speed for power swap", relinquishing Greg Golson. With the Phillies, he started in AAA, however was called up to the Phillies' major league team by May of the succeeding year, hitting a home run as his first major league hit in his first game. Though he was sent back to the minors a few weeks later and spent the majority of the 2009 and 2010 seasons there, he returned to the major league squad in 2010 as a September callup, and has remained their since, absent a short stint in Triple-A in 2011.
Mayberry opened the 2011 season with the major league Phillies, and played over 100 games on the big-league club, splitting time between outfield and first base, as well as pinch hitting. All told, 2011 was his best major league season, a campaign during which he amassed a batting average above .270, as well as 15 home runs. He remained with the big-league club in 2012, and played in 149 of the team's 162 games, predominantly in left field early in the season, and subsequently as the team's everyday centerfielder following the trade of Shane Victorino. His batting average declined as did his power numbers, and entering the 2013 season, expectations for him were low, and he still managed to fail to live up to them, hitting just .227 with 11 home runs.
High school, college, and minor leagues
Mayberry attended Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, the same high school as David Cone. While there, he was named a first-team All-USA player and third-team All-American. He hit over .400 in both his junior and senior years of high school, where he also played basketball. Out of high school, Mayberry was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft (28th overall) but did not sign, choosing instead to attend Stanford University. He was the highest-drafted player from the 2002 draft who chose to attend a four-year college instead of signing a contract.
Mayberry played three years for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team. As a freshman in 2003, he had both a 7-game and a 16-game hitting streak and hit four home runs, batting .299 with 33 runs batted in (RBI). During the summer of 2003, he also played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League, batting .375. During his sophomore season, he was named a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a midseason All-Star by Baseball America. That year, he batted .333 with 16 home runs, 62 RBI, and 9 stolen bases. In 2004, he played with Team USA at the FISU World University Baseball Championship in Taiwan. Mayberry's junior year, which was his last at Stanford, was his best with the team. He amassed 22 multi-hit games to lead the team; his batting average for the season was .303. His .996 fielding percentage was also fourth in the Pac-10 conference, with only 2 errors in 501 chances. He also had five hitting streaks of six games or more throughout the season. Upon finishing his career, Mayberry was ranked second among active players behind his teammate Jed Lowrie in multi-hit games, multi-RBI games, and home runs. After his junior season, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft (19th overall).
After being drafted, Mayberry was assigned by the Rangers to the Spokane Indians in the Northwest League. In the short season, he hit 11 home runs with a .253 batting average. The 2006 season saw Mayberry promoted to the A-level Clinton Lumber Kings. He hit four triples and stole nine bases during the season, while batting .268 and hitting 21 home runs. He split 2007 between the high-A Bakersfield Blaze and double-A Frisco RoughRiders, where he stole a career-high 16 bases between the two teams. Mayberry displayed a power outburst during the 2007 season, hitting 30 home runs between the two minor league levels; for the season, Baseball American named him the fifth-best prospect in the Rangers' farm system, up from tenth in 2006.
With 20 home runs and 137 hits between Frisco and the Oklahoma RedHawks in 2008, Mayberry continued to show major league potential. In his first 32 at-bats at the AAA level, he had 16 hits, including a 5-hit performance in the fourth game after his call-up. In what Philadelphia Phillies general manager Rubén Amaro, Jr. called a "speed-for-power swap", Mayberry was traded to the Phillies on November 20, 2008 for outfielder Greg Golson.
Opening the 2009 season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Mayberry opened the season hitting 8 home runs and 25 RBI, with a .277 batting average. In need of an extra bat off the bench for interleague play, the Phillies called Mayberry up to the major leagues on May 23.
On May 23, 2009, in his first major league game, Mayberry got his first career hit, a three-run home run off of Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees. After his second brief stint of the year in the minor leagues, he returned to the Phillies when left fielder Raúl Ibáñez went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin. Mayberry promptly proceeded to hit another home run in his return to the majors, this time off of Dirk Hayhurst of the Toronto Blue Jays. Mayberry's father had finished his career playing five seasons with the Blue Jays, and the last half of his final season with the Yankees. He hit another home run, the third of his career, in the first inning of the Phillies' 10–1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on June 23.
Mayberry returned to the Phillies in 2010 as a September call-up, where he hit .333 with 2 home runs in 11 games. Later that year, he also played with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
Mayberry opened 2011 on the Phillies' roster and spent extensive time with the club over the course of the season, playing both in the outfield and at first base. On April 1, in his first Opening Day appearance, he appeared as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning and singled in the winning run for Philadelphia in their 5–4 win over the Houston Astros, completing a three-run rally in the inning and rescuing the Phillies from a 4–0 early-game deficit. He had his first multi-home run game of his career on July 6 in a loss against the Florida Marlins, hitting home runs against Aníbal Sánchez and Mike Dunn. On August 1, Mayberry hit a game-tying, pinch-hit two-run home run on a full count in the top of the 9th with two outs off Rockies closer Huston Street. He finished the season with a .273 batting average, .854 OPS and 15 home runs in 104 games, and made his postseason debut in the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals that September.
Mayberry declined significantly from 2011, hitting just .245 (a 28-point drop), albeit with similar power numbers (14 home runs and 46 runs batted in compared to 15 and 49 respectively in 2011). He entered the season platooning in left field with Juan Pierre, however Pierre excelled to the point that he became the de facto everyday starter, leaving Mayberry on the bench until late July, when the Phillies traded both Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, forcing Mayberry to see action, predominantly in center field. Though he played well in August (batting .290), he struggled through September, and expectations were relatively low headed into the offseason.
Mayberry entered the season looking to bounce back from a rather tumultuous 2012 campaign, and was considered a solid bench player who can make occasional starts in the outfield. Baseball statistician Bill James projected Mayberry would hold a .257 batting average and hit 11 home runs in 306 plate appearances. Despite being projected as a bench player, Mayberry was the Phillies' opening day rightfielder, and batted seventh in the opening day starting lineup, as Delmon Young, acquired to be the starting rightfielder, was injured. On June 4, 2013, Mayberry hit a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins 7–3. The preceding inning, he hit a solo home run to tie the game. By doing so, he became the first player in Major League history to hit two extra-inning home runs, the second of which being a grand slam. Ultimately, Mayberry played in 134 games, recording just a .227 batting average, 11 home runs, and 39 runs batted in.
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